A Planet to Call Home with planetary geologist Dr. Ellen Stofan

Sun January 27 - Mon January 28, 2019
A Planet to Call Home with planetary geologist Dr. Ellen Stofan

Arts Commons Presents
National Geographic Live

A Planet to Call Home with planetary geologist Dr. Ellen Stofan

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2:00pm
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 7:00pm
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall

Travel to the red planet with world-renowned expert in human exploration and a former chief scientist of NASA, Dr. Ellen Stofan. Dr. Stofan believes Earth is our best guide as we look for life on other planets. Can you envision a time in the not-so-distant future where we live off the land… but the land is on Mars? Where we set sail on the ocean worlds of the outer solar system, looking for life? Host of the critically acclaimed series Mars, Dr. Stofan will explore what it will take to leave our home planet and live “Earth-independent” on a different one.

Part of the National geographic Live series presented by Arts Commons.

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The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.

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